Update: April 25th 4:20pm
The Run or Dye 5k race has selected Big Brothers/Big Sisters as the Abilene partner to receive the funds from the race. If you haven't already signed up to participate in this event you can enter the code: RODBBBS10 when registering. Each code entered is a donation for BBBS and it also gets you a $10 discount on your run.

Update: April 2nd 9:26pm  The date and time have officially been set for the Run or Dye Abilene Event. August 17th at 9am. Registration is now open and you can enter to run as an individual or as a team (each team member must register individually though). I am now signed up and ready to go. See you at the starting line!

Original Post: March 26th

I've never run a marathon, 10k, 5k or even a 1k but I'm trying to get myself back in shape and I think I've found a goal to work towards. It's an event called Run or Dye and Abilene is soon to be one of their scheduled stops this year. I just found out about this so I'm still looking into it but from what I've seen so far it looks like it will be a blast.

Basically it is a very colorful, but fun race, where you "get blasted with safe, eco-friendly, powdered dye". It's not a serious,hardcore race but something fun that anyone and everyone can do; even someone like me who has never run a race in their life. I've already pre-registered for the race, even though an exact date has not yet been set. If you pre-register you not only are guaranteed a spot (for 10 days) when open registration begins but you also get a $10 discount.

Here's how it works. The Run or Dye course is divided into 4 sections each ranging from 1 to 1.3 k with the 'Dye Zone' set up in the middle. There are 'Dye Stations' set up along each route where, upon your completion of each, you will be splashed with a colored powder dye. Then you return to the Dye Zone and get to return the favor and splash others.  When you have finished the race you are a rainbow of color and you have, as they say, 'dyed running'! You've done something great for yourself and helped raise money for a local charity.

The more I think about this the more excited I get. I figure if I'm working out and have a goal in mind, like doing this race, it will help me stay focused. I'm already up to 1.5 miles, still have some work to do, and now I have a great reason to keep going!

Run or Dye Event